March 1963


Author Affiliations

Director of Medical Education Memorial Hospital of Long Beach Long Beach, Calif.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;105(3):315-316. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080040317022

To the Editor: The October, 1962, issue of American Journal of Diseases of Children will secure for itself an honored spot among my memorabilia as a striking example of that truism "Flattery will get you nowhere."

Not only was I overwhelmed by your placatory comment to my penepithsle [Sic, Ed.] entitled "On Coining New Words" (p. 429), but I also felt obligated to find an answer for your question appended to the paper "Congenital Varicella" in the same issue (p. 391). As you will recall your editorial query was, "Can anyone relate what happened where a baby with congenital varicella exposed a number of infants in a newborn nursery?"

First, let me point out that during a search of my files, I encountered several reports 1-4 of congenital varicella in addition to the one by P. Freud,5 which was cited as the only paper on the subject of which

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